On the Road in March 2015

I will be criss-crossing the country again in March 2015, with stops in Washington, DC, Chicago, Michigan, and San Fransisco. I will also be doing several free webinars as well.

What follows is my schedule for the month. If you are in the area come out to say hello.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

  • The Critical role of the U.S. Patent System on Innovation: The program runs from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Registration will begin at 8:30am. I will moderate a panel at 9:30am titled The Critical Role of Patents in the Innovation Ecosystem. Also participating in this event are likely Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and United States Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), and many others. CLICK HERE to REGISTER.



  • The New Patent Litigation: Litigating Before the PTAB: American University Washington College of Law will host their Fourth Annual Patent Law Symposium, which will run from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. I will participate on a panel at 3:30pm titled Claim Deconstruction: Claim Construction at the Board after Cuozzo. David Kappos, former Director of the USPTO, will provide introductory remarks. Teresa Rea, former Acting Director of the USPTO, will provide closing remarks. Patent Doc Kevin Noonan will participate on an Inter Partes Review panel at 2:20pm. CLICK HERE to REGISTER.


March 11 – 15, 2015

  • Patent Bar Review – Chicago, Illinois: John White and I will return to Chicago to teach the PLI patent bar review course at John Marshall Law School in downtown Chicago. CLICK HERE to REGISTER.


March 16, 2015

  • Keynote Speaker: The Patent Pendulum: I will be the luncheon speaker at the Intellectual Property Law Spring Seminar 2015, sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. The event will take place at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. CLICK HERE to REGISTER.


March 17, 2015

  • Paten Law Institute – San Francisco, CAThe 9th Annual Patent Law Institute will be held in San Francisco, CA, at PLI’s Market Street location, from March 16 – 17, 2015. The event will also be available via webcast. I will be speaking on March 17, 2015, presenting on ethics. My presentation begins at 4:00pm PT and will run for 1 hour, giving attendees 1 CLE credit of ethics. We will take a look at a handful of ethical quandaries patent attorneys have found themselves in over the last 12 months, exploring the rules they allegedly violated and the USPTO disciplinary process. We will also discuss ethical issues that arise during patent litigation. CLICK HERE to REGISTER.


March 24, 2015

  • Free webinar at 12pm ET. Topic and Title TBA.


March 25, 2015

  • USPTO Patent Quality Summit: The USPTO is holdind a two-day Quality Summit on March 25 and 26, 2015 in the Madison Building, USPTO Headquarters, in Alexandria, Virginia. The USPTO says that this Quality Summit will be an important opportunity for the public to voice feedback and ideas about quality to ensure the most efficient prosecution processes and the issuance of the highest quality patents. I plan on attending the Patent Quality Forum on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.


March 26, 2015

  • 30th Annual ABA Intellectual Property Law Conference: This ABA Conference will run from March 25 – 27, 2015. I will participate on a panel on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 8:30am titled Does Alice Really Know What is Patentable? The event will take place at the Marriott Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland. CLICK HERE to REGISTER.


  • What Role for Patents? The Hoover Institute in Washington, DC, will host a symposium that will bring together academics, jurists, and policy makers to discuss the implications for policy-making of frontier research on the patent system. The event is by invitation only.


March 31, 2015

  • Free webinar at 12pm ET. Topic and Title TBA.


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